Application Information


  1. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year. Interviews are conducted, and decisions for the following school year are made between January 6 and June 1.  Click here to start the admissions application.
  2. $100 non-refundable application fee is required. mail to: P.A.C.E. Program Admissions at NLU National Louis University, 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3013, Chicago, IL 60603

Admissions Criteria

Criteria for admission to the P.A.C.E. program include:

  1. Student is between the age of 18 and 30.
  2. Student has identified learning disabilities that have interfered with school performance throughout his or her academic career.
  3. Student has a measured I.Q. between 55 and 90 (I.Q.s outside of range are considered within context of supporting materials).
  4. Student has a high probability of difficulty if enrolled in a standard college curriculum, even with the provision of various support services.
  5. Student is interested and able to participate in group learning and living without adult supervision. 
  6. Student has family members who are actively involved in partnering with their adult child to support independence. 

Admissions Procedures

  1. We highly encourage students and families to schedule a P.A.C.E Tour prior to beginning the application process.
  2. In addition to completing the application portal, supporting materials must include
    1. Student’s high school transcript
    2. Recent (within 18 months of application) psychological reports which include written results and interpretations of the following:
      1. Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (Revised)
      2. Peabody Individual Achievement Test (Revised) or comparable achievement battery
      3. Projective Testing (Rorschach, T.A.T.) or comparable personality assessment tool
      4. $100 application fee
  3. Upon receipt of application and supporting materials, the admission committee determines whether to extend an invitation to the candidate and a parent/guardian to interview on campus.
  4. Parent and candidate participate in separate on campus interviews to discuss program goals and compatibility. The campus interview may then be scheduled with the applicant and at least one parent.
  5. Admission decisions are made within one month of interview. The committee’s decision are sent by U.S. Mail.


For more information, call us toll free:
844-488-PACE (7223)




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